It seems Morrissey is finally reconsidering his decision to gratuitously share his thoughts about the victims who have come forward and accused powerful men, like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, of sexual assault and harassment. Maybe, at long last, he will stop saying ridiculous shit in interviews. Big if true!
Morrissey is in the headlines again for smugly defending alleged sexual abusers and arguing that listening to survivors is not worth anyone’s time. You read that correctly. In an interview with The Sunday Times published yesterday, the Smiths frontman had this to say when asked about Weinstein and Spacey:
“You must be careful as far as ‘sexual harassment’ is concerned, because often it can be just a pathetic attempt at courtship.”
Later, he acknowledged he, himself, has never experienced sexual harassment, but does not acknowledge that such a fact should make him think twice before speaking out on the subject:
“I’m sure it’s horrific, but we have to keep everything in proportion. Do you not agree? I have never been sexually harassed, I might add.”
“I’m sure it’s horrific” followed by a “but” is exactly the kind of sentiment I’m sick of hearing as a response to stories of sexual assault, and one I would be thrilled for Morrissey to retire. (Previously, he said in another recent interview that the current definition of sexual harassment is so broad that “every person on this planet is guilty.”)
But there is some good news! Morrissey might shut up about this forever! At a concert in Chicago this past weekend, one fan filmed the singer-songwriter saying this:
“Of course, let me just say this: That was the last print interview I will ever do. Unless you see the words form in my mouth, and then you see the words or hear the words come out of my mouth, please, if you don’t see that, I didn’t say it.”
And since we have video evidence of him actually saying these words, or confirming to any publication that they were actually uttered, we can now hold him to it.
No word, though, I guess, on whether he’ll still do interviews for blogs.